Cherry pickers' quarters

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Comments (5)

Marilyn Whiteley on July 17, 2008

Until the development of mechanical cherry harvesting (namely machines that shake the trees!), the orchards of Door County, Wisconsin, relied on migrant workers, largely from Mexico and the Caribbean. On many orchards, they were housed in long, low dwellings that looked a bit like small motel units. Most of the few that remain have fallen into disrepair. Although in many respects the county celebrates its past, this is one aspect of its history that no one has wished to preserve.

Eva Kaprinay on July 18, 2008

Nice shot :-) Cheers Eva

Nawitka on July 19, 2008

Hi Marilyn! Good shot, seems quite grim, doesn't it? This reminded me of one I took in the spring. It looks very much like the living quarters in Fort Langley, which is a National Historic Park here. I uploaded the photo for you, and I've added some comments there.

Marilyn Whiteley on July 19, 2008

Thank you, Eva. I'm happy that you visited and like the shot.

Thanks, Nawitka. I imagine life was fairly grim though I'm sure most orchard owners (like my grandparents) meant well. My grandfather set up pickers' accommodation on the second storey of a barn, with communal a cooking area on part of the first floor. (In another section of the first floor he stored the tractor and spray rig needed to take care of the orchard.)

In the nearby part of the orchard he placed an outhouse (or perhaps two) with a useful innovation. There was a wooden flag on a stick attached to the building. The stick pivoted somehow, I believe. When you went in, you raised the flag so that it could be seen well above the building. Thus others could see from a distance that it was occupied and they would have to wait!

Marilyn Whiteley on July 26, 2008

Thank you, blai, for your very nice comment.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 17, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/07/17 10:59:43
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 9.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash